February 09, 2011 at 6:47am
With a special four-day-only late goose season to work with there is not much time for scouting and planning a productive hunt. After a swampy weekend the weather cleared and three hunting buddies staked out a likely location for an afternoon hunt after work. The first group of four geese that showed up were cut down by the three guns; one man shooting an Ithaca double-barrel shotgun managed to take a double, while the other two guns each took a single. There's a good feeling about your teamwork anytime a group of waterfowl come into your decoy spread and NONE leave out. I employed two Big Foot keel decoys on a Rig 'Em Right jerk cord and blew my Foiles Migrators Straight Meat goose call to bring the honkers into the sweet spot. Two geese lay floating on the water and two more ended up in the field beside the pond and the hunt was a success. Then before we were quiet and hidden again, seven more honkers came in to the dekes but this time they never honked. Two more singles were peeled off that group by the gunners, giving a hunt total of six honkers for our last waterfowl hunt of the season.